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The May P. & Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust was established under the will of May Patterson Abreu, as the Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust, in honor of her husband, Francis, who died in 1969. Because May was a staunch supporter of philanthropy, the family added her to the trust title in 2002.

May P. Abreu was Atlanta’s first “Woman of the Year” in 1943, and was celebrated for her numerous charitable deeds. She not only gave to countless individuals, but her good will extended to organizations such as the Humane Society of Atlanta, the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia (formerly the Humane Society of Glynn County), Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta (formerly Saint Joseph’s Infirmary) and the American Red Cross.

Francis L. Abreu was a renowned architect who emphasized Spanish and Mediterranean influences in his architectural style. His influence can be seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia and multiple homes in south coastal Georgia. Playwright Eugene O’Neill lived in an Abreu-designed home.

The Abreu legacy continues, as the Abreu Charitable Trust benefits others by providing grants to arts and cultural programs, education, health associations, human services and children and youth services in the metro Atlanta area. Forms of support include capital campaigns, program development, seed money and matching funds.

The May P. and Francis L. Abreu Foundation will not have a grant cycle in 2016, as we will be taking a brief hiatus from our grantmaking to undertake a strategic thinking exercise. We want to make it clear that we do not anticipate making dramatic changes in our focus areas, but just as we expect our grantees to assure that they are being strategic in their work, we need to do the same.


The Foundation does not approve requests for
operating or grants to individuals.